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Insuring terrorism, assuring subjects, ensuring normality: the politics of risk after 9/11

Aradau, Claudia and van Munster, Rens (2008). Insuring terrorism, assuring subjects, ensuring normality: the politics of risk after 9/11. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 33(2) pp. 191–210.

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Abstract

Security has been located either in the political spectacle of public discourses or within the specialized field of security professionals, experts in the management of unease. This article takes issue with these analyses and argues that security practices are also formulated in more heterogeneous locations. Since the early days of the 'war on terror,� the insurance industry has had an instrumental role and 'underwriting terrorism' has become part of the global governmentality of terrorism. We explore the political implications of the classificatory practices that insurance presupposes and argue that the technologies of insurance foster subjects who are consistent with the logic of capitalism. Insurance entrenches a vision of the social where antagonisms have been displaced or are suspended by an overwhelming concern with the continuity of social and economic processes. These effects of insurance will be discussed as the 'temporality,� 'subjectivity,� and 'alterity' effects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008, SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2163-3150
Keywords: war on terror; security; insurance; subjectivity; capitalism;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 11565
Depositing User: Claudia Aradau
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 08:10
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 09:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11565
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